Francis Ssuubi, Wells of Hope founder was in Mbeya Tanzania from April 25 – May 1, 2017 to carry out follow up family visits to Children with imprisoned parents. Wells of Hope sponsors the education of 13 Tanzanian children with a parent in prison. He also visited Children Education Society (CHESO) in Dar Es Salaam where he was able to make connection with CHESO so that together we can work together to enable Children in Tanzania with a parent in prison to be able to visit their parents in Prison. Currently The Law in Tanzania bans children from visiting their parents in prison, writing and receiving letters from their parents.
In April, Pastor Mark Kato from Watoto Children’s Church Kyengera conducted four bible studies with the children at Wells of Hope Junior School. He taught about faith, stewardship and tithing and offering. Pastor Mark urged the children to use what God has given them as a way of glorifying Him. “Anyone who uses what God has given him/her will get more but those who don’t use what they have, even the little they have will be taken away,” he said. “God requires our whole in praise and worship, so if we don’t give him our whole, we rob Him,” he added. He encouraged the children to always praise and worship God wholeheartedly.
On April 13th, 2017 Well of Hope Junior School participated in sports activities at Kikyusa, a town near the school. 6 schools participated and out of these the school managed to walk away as second. Eight of the children were chosen to represent the school at Cluster level on 21st April.
From this great performance these eight children represented the school at cluster level where the school took the first position and had two of the Wells of Hope children chosen to compete at the district level.
On 8th April 2017, total of 15 people from Power FM and 3 staff members from Wells of Hope joined the inmates in Luzira Women Prison to celebrate Easter under the theme Family Day in Prison. On arrival to the prison, there were echoes of joy from the women inmates who woke up so early to prepare for the day. After going through the routine checks we were ushered into the prisons where we interacted with the mothers.
The day started with a Netball Match among the inmates; yellow vs orange where orange won. It was all joy as the women supported their teams.
During the event, there were presentations from renowned gospel artists who ministered to the ladies. Among the women were 40 who had taken over 10 years without hearing from their families; 3 of these received visitors and the rest got messages from their families. One of the highlights was that one of the elderly women who had spent 10 years without seeing her daughter had this to say, “Am so excited I thought all my relatives were dead because I tried calling them but their numbers were not going through and non came to visit me, am so relieved, I feel like my sentence is lessened.”
All these ladies received packages from 104.1 Power FM listeners and were all smiles. The donations from the 104.1 Power FM partners were handed over to the inmates and the day was crowned with sharing a meal with the inmates and cake cutting.
One of the Power FM staff said that it was the best Easter in Prison she had ever attended.
We would like to thank the 104.1 Power FM partners and all who in one or another contributed towards this colorful day.
On 7th April, Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells Hope Executive Director, Stella Nabajja Wells of Hope Projects Coordinator and Jacqueline Sekyana Wells of Hope Communications Officer, visited Wells of Hope children in secondary at Makerere High School Migadde and Gombe Vocational institute. The students expressed their joy after seeing the Wells of Hope staff. The students were healthy and had performed well academically.
Stella encouraged the students to add more effort in their studies. Ellen encouraged the students to open up whenever they have challenges rather not to keep them to themselves as this affects their studies. She urged them to have goals and know what they want to become in future as this will guide them to read harder and stay focused.
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